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This review is from: SUPERMICRO MBD-X10SAE-O ATX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C226 DDR3 1600
Pros: On-board SATA ports work great. I am currently running the OS SSD and the CD player (only for installation ) off the AT ports, while the 6 remaining ports are filled with 2TB HDD in RAID 5 (through the motherboard). RAID was built quickly and has handled many TBs of data transfer so far.
A couple of USB 3.0 ports on the back is a nice addition, and the PCI slots were an advantage for me.
The system doctor software works fine for my windows build. I can't speak for other OS's though.
Cons: With no keyboard attached, the board will report an error with 5 beeps at post. But this can be disabled, just caught me off guard after the build.
The included SATA cables are a bit long, so you might have to buy shorter ones depending on your case.
It took the board a couple of restarts in order to detect additional RAID cards, Windows would give an error 10 Cannot start device until I changed the security settings in the BIOS.
Other Thoughts: The legacy PCI slots let me use a cheap ( though not as cheap as PCIe x1 ) video card and and an old SATA 2.0 card at the bottom of my case. This gives my other RAID card plenty of room for proper air flow.
Mine came with a driver CD and the detailed manual is posted on their website.
As mentioned, this board will have no video output if you use a Xeon processor. The cheap PCI 1.0 card was my solution to this, as I will rarely need to directly plug in to view anything besides BIOS changes/upgrades.
If you already have legacy PCI cards, this board is a great way to save a little cash.
Great value and variety on this board for a single processor build.
Pros: The server comes with room for lots of expansion.
WHS2011 works well on it (once you find the drivers)
Built in raid 0,1,10
Very responsive CPU
Very quiet, even under high load.
Three fans keep the drives cool.
Cons: Power supply only has 6 drive connectors, but for 200W you can't expect much more.
Included software only works with Windows server's, not home server, so it was useless for my needs.
Other Thoughts: Once I found working drivers for the raid controller and LAN card, it was simple to set up. If you are installing WHS2011, search for the Windows server 2008 R2 drivers and use those for instillation.
I currently have the two included driver on raid 1 for the OS and two additional 2TB drives installed for storage.
In my opinion, this is a great prebuilt box for someone who wishes to set up a WHS2011 box for their home network, though the processor is a bit overkill for most applications.
Pros: Cheap 4 port wired router.
Stock firmware is enough for me right now.
Upnp works well enough that port forwarding hasn't been necessarily for most applications.
USB is nice for quick network sharing of drives (mostly USB flash drives so far).
No hick-ups yet with the connectivity, wired or wireless.
Cons: This is the version two of the machine/firmware, so I was hesitant to overwrite the stock firmware as the current firmware options all are for version one machines. I could be wrong, and the version number doesn't matter, but I did not want to brick the router.
The wireless signal is weak and directional, making it a poor solo access point. I used my old wireless router as the primary AP for wireless and use this router for 1gb transfers between my wired devices.
Other Thoughts: Combined with a 1gb switch, I have wired 8 devices connected to this router and haven't seen any slowdowns or cut-offs. Main concern is the weak wireless, which I would not recommend using with any multi-room or floor house.
More adventurist and knowledgeable people will most likely want to dump the stock firmware, though I have not had any issue with the customization offered by the stock firmware.